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Lawmakers continue to roll out Nassar and MSU inspired legislation

Lawmakers in Lansing continue to roll out legislation in response to Michigan State University and its handling of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients under the guise of treatment for years. There are 18 bills in this package. They were introduced after lawmakers investigated MSU’s handling of complaints against Nassar. Republican Representative Kim LaSata sponsored one bill. It would require sex education for 11 th and 12 th graders to include...

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National Weather Service

A weekend ice storm is forecast for parts of Michigan amid severe storms packing snow, rain and strong winds in the Midwest and beyond.

The National Weather Service says several mid-Michigan counties could get about a half-inch of ice accumulation on Saturday and into Sunday morning.

In the northern Lower Peninsula, forecasts call for about a foot of snow in places.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph could down trees and power lines.

Mackinac Bridge
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A chunk of the Mackinac Bridge can be yours if you can get it home - which is easier said than done. Sections of the bridge's original steel grating are going on the auction block. 

Each one is about 5.5 feet (1.6 meters) wide, 38 feet (11.5 meters) long and weighs two tons (1,814 kilograms).

The bridge is nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) long.

It connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas and crosses the waterway that links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

University of Michigan
umich.edu

An increased police presence has been added at the University of Michigan after a possible threat of violence was found written on a campus bathroom wall.

The school's Division of Public Safety and Security announced Thursday that graffiti including the message "School Shooting 4/13" was found in a campus building.

Police say it doesn't appear that the threat that included Friday's date is credible.

Still, officials boosted the police presence at the Ann Arbor campus.

Inclusion and Equity:

Apr 13, 2018

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Annette Vandenberg, Executive Director of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization to discuss the lack of affordable housing in Grand Rapids. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Michigan Hemingway Society

Hotel Walloon presents the 3rd annual The Last Good Country:  Walloon Lake, An Ernest Hemingway Occasion.   We talk about this event with historian Chris Struble.

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If you're searching for a place that has a big backyard for the kids, look no further.

The largest cattle ranch in the world, Anna Creek, is on the market in Australia. For context, the ranch is about the size of New Hampshire, according to Time magazine.

There's nothing like jamming a waxed piece of string between your tightest molars and sliding it back and forth. And who doesn't do that once a day, just as the dentist prescribes?

Email regrets? We've had a few. Google now has a solution for the dreaded "reply all" misfire and other e-disasters. With a few adjustments to Gmail settings, users have the option to withdraw a message sent in haste, in anger or from a bar.

From the Gmail help page:

To enable Undo Send:

  1. Click the gear in the top right.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to "Undo Send" and click Enable.

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, joining an already-crowded GOP field.

"My approach is different from most of the other people running for president," Jindal said in New Orleans hours after announcing his run on Twitter. "The United States of America was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches.

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being, but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico.

Panama took the top spot for the second straight year in the Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being report, with Costa Rica second. Switzerland was the top European country, in fourth. At No. 23, the U.S. is one spot behind Israel and one ahead of Canada.

Talk highlights community role in tackling inequality

Jun 24, 2015
Western Michigan University

“Particularly in the field of education, they talk about achievement gaps. What we really should be talking about are opportunity gaps.” 

 Dr. Timothy Ready is the director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University.  “It shows up in education outcomes, it shows up in economic outcomes, it shows up in all kinds of fields.”   Ready's discussion looked at local data for Kalamazoo and Kent Counties; both of which experience greater inequalities across racial and economic lines – both also heavier in their respective city cores. 

Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and the survivors of the deadly 2013 attack.

"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done," he said Wednesday during his sentencing hearing.

It was Miguel de Cervantes' dying wish to be buried inside the walls of Madrid's Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzasthe Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians — where a dozen cloistered nuns still live today, nearly 400 years later.

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.

Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam is having condom problems.

Hundreds of thousands of condoms sold there are substandard. They tear easily and don't offer reliable protection. While this might seem like a red flag, it's actually a sign of progress.

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